Since opening its doors in 1996, Omega Pizza & Pasta has filled the bellies and warmed the hearts of Granite Falls regulars as well as customers from throughout the Seattle metro area. A small town, family-friendly restaurant with a down-to-earth atmosphere, this Greek food hub is a hidden gem far off the beaten path. It offers warm, welcoming service and a surprising piece of celebrity charm.
For nearly twenty years, owner Barb Petrakopoulos and her close-knit team of employees have offered customers hearty, healthy dishes of the highest quality. Barb started cooking with her mother when she was just three years old. “I watched her over the years,” Barb said. “A pinch of this, a pinch of that. It doesn’t matter what I cook; I don’t measure anything.”
Through her lifelong love of cooking, Barb has mastered the savory dishes now offered on Omega’s six-page menu. These include the Father’s House Pizza, loaded with fresh ingredients such as chicken, feta, olives, mushrooms, and a homemade ranch and pesto sauce, and the mouthwatering Spinach Fettuccini that boasts fixings such as spinach, mushrooms, chicken, and sun-dried tomatoes with a made-from-scratch creamy sauce.
“We cook from the heart . . . and we don’t cut corners. If we can’t eat it then we’re definitely not going to serve it.” Barb stated. “Ninety-seven percent of the time we feed everyone and they love it.”
With items such as the Garbage Grinder, a sandwich served piping hot and loaded with ham, salami, sausage, Canadian bacon, pepperoni, veggies and melted cheese, and the sought-after Favorite Calamari, sautéed to perfection with extra virgin olive oil, spices, onions, tomatoes, and lemon, served alongside veggies and potatoes, the full-fledged menu is a great reflection of the varied talents of the two-cook kitchen.
Although Omega has drawn in customers for almost two decades, the recent discovery of the large Greek mural showcased in the back room — painted by family friend Chris Pratt — has brought extra attention.
Though the mural was painted just a few short years after the restaurant’s opening, it wasn’t until recently that customers discovered the signature on the painting belonged to the Chris Pratt of “Parks and Recreation” and the blockbuster hit “Jurassic World.”
“The mural has been there since Chris was in his late teens or early twenties, about 16 or 17 years,” Barb recalled.
Since the discovery, customers have responded positively. Barb has served tourists from throughout the Pacific Northwest, including Pratt fans from Idaho.
“It’s brought in a lot of different people . . . Chris Pratt has made it big. There have been people that come just for the painting, but now that they’ve eaten our food, they come just for the food,” Barb said.
Whether you’re looking to catch a glimpse of Pratt’s Grecian mural or craving a Pastrami Sub and a cold brew, head over to Omega, where you’ll be greeted and fed like family.
Omega Pizza & Pasta
102 S. Granite Ave., Granite Falls
Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun. 12 p.m.–10 p.m.